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The Glorification Of “Busy”

June 7, 2016

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You may have noticed I’ve been a little MIA from this little blog of mine.  For a long time, I justified my lack of posting with comments like “Oh, I’m just too busy right now” or “I don’t have enough time.”  BUT a few weeks ago I read Mindy Kaling’s new book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me and she had this amazing quote that totally stuck with me.

“I do not think stress is a legitimate topic of conversation, in public anyway. No one ever wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out. Going on and on in detail about how stressed out I am isn’t conversation. It’ll never lead anywhere. No one is going to say, “Wow, Mindy, you really have it especially bad. I have heard some stories of stress, but this just takes the cake.” – Mindy Kaling

Okay… so real right?! 🙌🏼 But something about our culture lately seems to glorify busyness.  It’s almost like if you aren’t running around doing a million things or feeling insanely stressed, are you even doing anything? 😑 Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about working hard and putting in the hustle, but there’s no prize at the end of your life for working the longest hours or having the most activities on your calendar.

In my mind, it all comes down to prioritization.  Everyone has the same hours in the day, and we all choose how we want to spend them.  You may think that some things {like your job or obligations} aren’t a choice, but if you get up every morning and make it to work then you are making a choice not to skip work and get fired.  Which is great!  For me?  The past few months I’ve been prioritizing my friends, my relationship, traveling and my personal health over this tiny corner of the internet.  But here’s the good news – if you feel good about what you’re prioritizing then there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with making those choices!  Even though I wasn’t making time for my blog, I was able to focus on other areas of my life that needed a bit more attention – and I’m okay with that!  Often when people get overwhelmed, it’s because they are prioritizing things that don’t fulfill them or enrich their life.

I’m excited to get back into the swing of blogging, but I am making a promise to myself not to feel guilty if I choose happy hour with my girlfriends or a yoga class over writing a blog post.  Of course, I absolutely love blogging and the creative outlet it provides me, but I’m giving myself permission to put myself first.  At the end of the day, all that matters are the memories you’ve made, the relationships you’ve built and the impact you’ve made on the lives of others. ❤️

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